The Italian Consulate General in Philadelphia

The Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

The Order Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

The Cavalier Society of Philadelphia

The Italian Cultural Institute of Washington






Nick Havely

The University of York



Dante around Chaucer






Monday, February 25, 2008

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Cherpack Conference and Seminar Room

543 Williams Hall

255 South 36th Street

University of Pennsylvania


Reception to follow


Nick Havely's main interests are in late medieval literature (especially Dante, Boccaccio and Chaucer) and in English-Italian literary relations. He has produced scholarly editions of Chaucer's Friar's, Summoner's and Pardoner's Tales (1975), Chaucer's House of Fame (1994) and (with Helen Phillips) Chaucer's Dream Poetry (1997), together with a number of articles and chapters on Chaucer. His published work on Italian trecento poetry began with a volume of translations: Chaucer's Boccaccio: Sources for Troilus and the Knight's and Franklin's Tales (1980; reissued 1992). This was followed by a number of articles and chapters on Dante and the reception of Dante, then by a collection of edited essays: Dante's Modern Afterlife: Reception and Response from Blake to Heaney (1998) and a monograph on Dante and the Franciscans: Poverty and the Papacy in the 'Commedia' (2004). His other recent publications include chapters on 14th-century Italian, French and English literature for The New Cambridge Medieval History vol. 6 (2000); and on 'The Italian Background' for Chaucer: An Oxford Guide (2005). He has recently completed the volume on Dante for the Blackwell Guides to Literature series and is currently working on a study of Dante in the English-Speaking World, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present for which he has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.